Brighton Events and Festivals

(Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, England, UK)




Brighton Events, Festivals and Things to DoAlthough families come here in their droves each summer for the seaside fun that Brighton has to offer in spades, the city also boasts a more than reasonable events calendar, offering things to do and plenty of choice for much of the year. Each May, the Brighton Festival is the premier event and crowd-puller, while August sees the arrival of the Lewes Guitar Festival and also the medieval festivities hosted by the Herstmonceux Castle.

During the events, many nightclubs in the city draw the younger crowds, while in the summer, further possibilities include open-air cinema screenings and events staged at the Ellipse venue. There are also various performances at the Brighton Centre, which is sited on King's Road, alongside the seafront and close to the Churchill Square Shopping Centre. For live music, Concorde 2 on Madeira Drive currently ranks as the premier music venue and nightspot.

National Public Holidays


  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • Good Friday / Easter Monday - late March or early April
  • First and last Monday in May
  • Last Monday in August
  • 25th December - Christmas Day
  • 26th December - Boxing Day

(If Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the next weekday becomes a public holiday).


Brighton Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015



Brighton Festival


Address: Brighton, BN1 4EE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1273 709709
The Brighton Festival is a popular annual event held over three weeks in May. With thousands of people participating, events include concerts, numerous theatrical performances, colourful parades, street entertainers and dancing events, most of which are held at the city's premier venues, such as the Corn Exchange and the Theatre Royal.

Lewes Guitar Festival


Address: Friar's Walk, Lewes, Brighton, East Sussex, England
Tel: +44 (0)1273 477356
Staged in early August each year, the Lewes Guitar Festival is held in the Lewes area and features a number of lunchtime and evening guitar concerts, performed by many world-class musicians, as well as a series of workshops and musical events.

UK Jewish Film Festival


Address: New England Road, Duke of York's Cinema, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4NA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1273 647100
The annual UK Jewish Film Festival is held in late October and lasts around two weeks. Many popular films celebrating Jewish life are screened at the Duke of York cinema and other smaller cinemas in the area.

Herstmonceux Castle Medieval Festival


Address: Wartling Road, Herstmonceux Castle, Brighton, BN27 1RN, England
Tel: +44 (0)20 8416 0398
Held in August each year, the Herstmonceux Castle Medieval Festival is actually the largest medieval celebration of its kind in the whole of the United Kingdom. Set in this atmospheric castle, to the east of central Brighton, this family friendly annual event comes with music, knights, archery events, food and drink, market stalls and more.

Brighton National Speed Trials


Address: Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1, England
Tel: +44 (0)1273 292711
The National Speed Trials, in the Kemp Town area, is a popular annual event, held in early September. With many different cars and vehicles, the trials always attract crowds of spectators.

The Ellipse


Address: Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1, England
The Ellipse is situated on the seafront. This large, open-air venue is home to many exciting events throughout the year, including concerts, live entertainment, radio shows, dancing, demonstrations and exhibitions.






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